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Advancements Made In New Spinal Cord Injury Treatment

It’s no secret that a spinal cord injury can have a serious impact on a victim’s mobility and function. Luckily, advancements are currently being made in the treatment of such injuries.

An article released by Becker’s Spine Review explained how a team of researchers is using stem cells to help patients who have severed their spinal cord recover from their injuries. Dr. Armin Curt, MD, stated that his team has been examining the effects of directly transplanting stem cells into the spinal cords of injury victims, while also using an immunosuppressive treatment.

His findings show that patients who have undergone the treatment showed a significant increase in sensory function after just six months. Even more shocking is the time frame in which the treatment has been found to be effective. Patients who were treated anywhere between four months and two years after their injury still responded well to the treatment.

The findings could be significant, considering there are approximately 12,000 individuals who become spinal cord injury victims each year. There are also an estimated 273,000 spinal cord injury victims currently living in the United States today.

The Terre Haute personal injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin recognize the devastation that can be caused to the lives of a spinal cord injury victim and his or her family. That’s why the firm hopes these findings can be used to help find better treatment options for these individuals as soon as possible.

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New Study Shows Promise In Improved Treatments For Spinal Cord Injury Victims

January 8, 2013

Spinal cord injuries occur when trauma severs the bundle of nerves running along the bones in an individual’s back. Such an accident can result in serious damage, including loss of function and sensation in the limbs and body. The Indiana Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin point out a new study shows use of Schwann cells can help regenerate damaged nerve axons, thus improving mobility and bodily function in spinal cord injury victims.

An article from Science Codex explains researchers examined the cases of a group of rats that were modeled with a specific type of spinal cord injury. They were then injected with the elongated cells, which then quickly began to reconnect axons, over scarred areas where nerve connections had previously been broken through several chemical processes.

The regeneration of axon connections resulted in improved mobility and bodily functions in the subjects of the study, prompting researchers to believe the findings may one day be used to help human patients who have suffered serious injuries.

The law firm’s team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers applauds the efforts being made to find new ways to treat the victims of spinal cord injuries. The firm is hopeful the discoveries being made will one day be used to improve the lives of those who suffer such a debilitating injury.

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FDA Issues Warnings Regarding Spinal Cord Injuries Associated With Anticoagulant Drugs

November 6, 2013

While there are numerous causes to both spinal cord injuries and drug injuries, the two have rarely been associated with one another, until now. The Indiana Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a set of safety warnings regarding the use of anticoagulant medications and the risk of spinal bleeding and paralysis.

According to an FDA Press Release, taking anticoagulant medications, such as enoxaparin, can result in complications like spinal column bleeding, if a spinal catheter is removed too soon after taking the medication. This bleeding may eventually lead to the patient losing mobility throughout their limbs and body.

In an effort to prevent such errors from being made, the FDA states that the placement or removal of a spinal catheter should only be done outside of the 12-hour window since the patient last took the anticoagulant medication. Longer waiting periods of up to 24-hours are called for in patients who are taking higher dosages of the drug. The agency also calls on a risk assessment to be performed on all patients prior to catheterization after taking such medications.

The law firm’s team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers is aware of how difficult recovering from an injury caused by a medication can be. That is why the firm suggests anyone who has been harmed by a drug prescribed to them by a physician discussing their legal rights with an attorney.

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Young Man From Indiana Recovering After Spinal Cord Injury

February 6, 2013

A young man from Fort Wayne, Indiana, may never walk again as the result of a spinal cord injury he suffered while skiing in December. WISHTV News discussed what the victim’s road to recovery has been like and what the future may hold for him.

The victim’s mother explains that on Christmas Eve, the young man rode the ski lift up the mountain alone and never returned. Search parties were deployed and discovered the young man a short time later. Paramedics rushed the young man to a local trauma center, where doctors determined the accident had caused a Spinal Cord Injury that would leave him paralyzed from the breastbone down.

He has spent the last two months in recovery and says he is ready to return home, but he could face some challenges in doing so. His home needs to be retrofitted to accommodate his life in a wheelchair. Modifications include moving laundry facilities and other rooms to the ground floor of the home. The residence will also need ramps to make it wheel chair accessible. With mounting medical bills, money to make these changes could be tight.

The Indiana Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin recognize how serious spinal cord injuries can be and encourage anyone who has been afflicted with such an injury to discuss their potential rights to compensation with a qualified attorney as soon as possible.

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Low Water Levels Contributing To Increase In Indiana Spinal Cord Injuries

August 8, 2012

Swimming is a fun and relaxing way to cool off during the dog days of summer, but it is important to be aware of the dangers that lurk just beneath the surface. According to INC Now News, emergency rooms across Indiana are seeing an increase in the number of spinal cord injuries as well as neck injuries associated with shallow diving.

An Indiana spinal cord injury can occur when one or more of a person’s vertebrae are broken, compressed, or dislocated. This type of injury can vary in severity from minor to leaving the victim permanently disabled. Common symptoms associated with spinal cord injuries are the loss of control of bodily movement and functions.

The hot dry conditions so far this summer have water levels around the state down between 18 and 30 inches below average water levels. Experts say it’s best to check water levels before attempting to jump or dive into a body of water. This can be done by tying a rock to a string and submerging it until it touches bottom. Never dive into less than 10-feet of clear water.

It’s important to also be supervised by a lifeguard or responsible adult when swimming in a pool.

The Indiana disability lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin ask that citizens be careful when swimming in areas that may be subject to fluctuating water depths by always swimming with another person.

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Helmets Save the Lives of Indiana Bikers

February 1, 2012

While riding a motorcycle or moped can be an effective and efficient way of getting around town, they do present a greater risk of injury to the rider in the event of an accident.

Take for instance the case reported by WTHITV 10 News yesterday of a moped rider left in critical condition after crashing into a vehicle without a helmet on. The crash happened at around 4:00 Monday afternoon at the intersection of Johnson Avenue and US-41 when the 49-year-old male moped driver collided with the rear end of a sedan. The man was taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis where he remains in critical condition.

While Indiana state law only requires riders under the age of 18-years-old to wear a helmet and eye protection, the practice is considered one of the most effective ways to prevent injury, no matter the rider’s age. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), helmets are 67 percent effective in preventing traumatic brain injuries.

Head injuries are the leading cause of death for motorcycle accident victims in the United States today, and that two-thirds of operators involved in fatal crashes were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

The Indiana motorcycle accident lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin ask that bikers protect themselves from injury by always wearing approved safety gear when out riding. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident at no fault of your own, contact an experienced attorney today.

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Free Cab Rides Home Thanksgiving Eve In Terre Haute

November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Eve is a night most people arrive to holiday destinations to visit and eat with friends and family the next day. Since most people don’t have to work the following day, the excitement of the upcoming holiday can often lead to heavy drinking. That is why, according to the Tribune-Star, the local Terre Haute, Indiana, law firm Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos, & Newlin are offering free cab rides home for anyone who may have had too much to drink.

The rides are part of the firm’s commitment to their Safe and Sober campaign, which is an effort to end drunk driving in the area. The law firm feels if they don’t have to pay for a ride, the intoxicated individual will be less inclined to get behind the wheel.

Rides will be available form 8:00 PM this evening, until 3:00 AM Thursday throughout Terre Haute and West Terre Haute. Rides will be given from a restaurant or bar to a person’s place of residence, not another place to drink. Also, because of the high number of rides given last year, the firm asks that you call at least 30 minutes in advance of when you want a ride. Cabs can be reached by calling Yellow Cab of Terre Haute at (812) 478-5000.

The Indiana Auto Accident Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to urge everyone to have a safe and happy Thanksgiving by refraining from getting behind the wheel if you have had too much to drink. In the words of founding attorney, Steve Fleschner, “Don’t let yourself, or someone you love, become another statistic.”

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Two Injured When Car Strikes Moped

July 20, 2011

An accident in which a car struck a moped occurred last Saturday night, sending two people to the hospital and another to jail. The Terre Haute Tribune Star reported the accident occurred around 10:30 PM on US 40. The driver of the Buick Skylark involved in the crash stated that a driver in front of him made a sudden lane change, causing him to swerve to avoid a collision with that vehicle, instead striking the rear of the moped. The collision caused both the driver and a passenger on the moped to be thrown from it. The moped driver was transported to Union Hospital and remains there in fair condition. The passenger was thrown into the windshield of the car and was transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, by helicopter and remains there in critical condition.

The driver of the car was not injured, but was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that Indiana has a no tolerance policy for schedule I and II drugs under Indiana Drug Per Se Laws.

The Indiana Auto Accident Attorneys with Fleschener, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin understand that driving under the influence of prescription and/or illegal drugs can be as, if not more, dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol. They may be able to help you if you were injured because of one of these drivers.

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Decatur accident victims deal with death and spinal cord injuries

March 25, 2008

Two survivors from a Decatur auto accident deal with the loss of loved ones and a slow recovery from spinal cord injuries. The two women were involved in a drunk driving accident involving two cars and a motorcycle. According to the Decatur Herald & Review, the suspected drunk driver and the survivors’ husband and friend, were both killed in the accident.

Both women also suffered severe head trauma along with Decatur spinal cord injuries as a result of the Illinois car accident. The wife of the possible drunk driving victim who died in the accident, is in a neck brace to heal her spinal fractures while the victim’s friend and passenger in the vehicle remains in a local hospital due to crushed and broken vertebrae that caused the Illinois spinal cord injury.

Other victims involved in the car accident also suffered from serious injuries, however, the two women were the only ones who suffered spinal cord injuries.

Illinois State Police are awaiting toxicology reports to determine if alcohol was a factor in the case.

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